Microsoft has sold more than 20 million Office 2013 licenses + subscriptions

Earlier today, Microsoft announced that it had sold one million subscriptions to its Office 365 Home Premium software service since it launched January 29th. It also stated that the "new Office" was now "officially the best-selling Office edition yet, with more than one sold every second on average since it launched."

Microsoft did not give any specific information on just what that meant, but a footnote in its blog post today stated that when using the "new Office" term, it included Office 365 subscriptions, along with sales of of its stand alone Office 2013 suites (Office Home & Student 2013, Office Home & Business 2013, Office Standard 2013, Office Professional 2013).

Neowin contacted Microsoft to get more information on what all of these numbers and terms actually mean and got this response back from a spokesperson:

While we don’t break out specifics, I can share that we have sold more than 1 license or subscription every second since launch, which was December 1 for organizations and January 29 for consumers, which puts us well north of 20 million and counting.

The spokesperson also confirmed that the one million subscriptions for Office 365 Home Premium were sold just to consumers.

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Spicoli said,
Office 365 Home Premium is not the business software. Office 365 is what you'd buy as a business.

True, but there was a previous post saying that 365 sold 1mil. So that would mean 2013 would be around 19mil then. So most of the sales are on the 2013 side.

Office student only comes pre installed on RT, which if you read the article it says office 365 home premium, so quit speaking out of your ass please and stop trolling.

Affordable subscriptions make products seem cheaper even if they are not. It seems software providers have finally worked out convincing someone to spend a small amount each month is much easier than a huge upfront investment.

Imagine if mobile phone operators asked for every penny up front rather than offering a "2 year plan with a 'free' phone" - i suspect far fewer people would have high end devices.

lt8480 said,
Affordable subscriptions make products seem cheaper even if they are not. It seems software providers have finally worked out convincing someone to spend a small amount each month is much easier than a huge upfront investment.

Imagine if mobile phone operators asked for every penny up front rather than offering a "2 year plan with a 'free' phone" - i suspect far fewer people would have high end devices.

For me, office is $99.00 a year for all of my pcs. When prior to this, it was about 399/pc up front. So I save quite a bit. I also get the Skype minutes, extra skydrive space (20gb) and the easy management console to move/replace licenses and such.

lt8480 said,
Affordable subscriptions make products seem cheaper even if they are not. It seems software providers have finally worked out convincing someone to spend a small amount each month is much easier than a huge upfront investment.

Imagine if mobile phone operators asked for every penny up front rather than offering a "2 year plan with a 'free' phone" - i suspect far fewer people would have high end devices.

Umm what are you talking about. For people particularly with more than 3 PCs, subscription is a massive bargain.

ingramator said,
Umm what are you talking about. For people particularly with more than 3 PCs, subscription is a massive bargain.

Even with 1. Not all people around the world can pay US price. It should be 10 times cheaper.

Edited by coth, May 29 2013, 11:38pm :

lt8480 said,
Affordable subscriptions make products seem cheaper even if they are not. It seems software providers have finally worked out convincing someone to spend a small amount each month is much easier than a huge upfront investment.

Imagine if mobile phone operators asked for every penny up front rather than offering a "2 year plan with a 'free' phone" - i suspect far fewer people would have high end devices.


The second you called it a monthly cost, you basically declared to the world that you've never actually looked into Office 365. So, welcome to not having a valid opinion.

mrcleanclick said,
microsoft knows how to rip off people. good job

So basically you think it's rip off if its not free?
Office 2013 is a quality product, my job just upgraded and we're loving it.

Up front cost is more than paying the same amount over time due to inflation and being able to use that money for something else during that time. That's a cornerstone of finance. $100 today is worth more than $100 a year from now.

2500 rubles here to 17400 of my wage. Considering that i need office program once-twice per year...

Office Pro cost 18000, more than my wage, so not an option for business either.

It should be 250 per year for home and 700-1500 for Office Pro, for business. Then people will look into it.